Make no mistake: print media will always exist. It’s the individual titles that we currently read that may become a thing of the past. The uncertainty facing the stalwarts of old media has seen many a change and many a title fold over the past half-decade, and today swept through Australia’s magazine publishers.
That figurative sweeping has seen the changes reach as far as the editorship of the prestigious Vogue brand, with Vogue Australia‘s editor-in-chief of 13 years Kirstie Clements announced as departing. It’s probably safe to read between the lines and interpret ‘departing’ as forcibly so (words such as fired are going to commonplace), much as we all correctly did with Carine Roitfeld’s departure from Vogue Paris. The editor of Australia’s Harper’s Bazaar, Edwina McCann, has been announced as Clements’ replacement at Vogue Australia; McCann served as Bazaar’s editor for 3 years.
The news comes as no shock to many – rumours of Clements being sacked from Vogue Australia have recently persisted. As Harper’s Bazaar’s circulation figures continued to outstrip Vogue’s (approximately 54,0000 Harper’s copies to Vogue’s 51,000 copies are sold each month), McCann was touted as a replacement.